How Traumatic Brain Injuries Could Impact Your Child's Future
Now that school is back in session, many parents will be busy shuffling their children back and forth to afterschool activities. School sports and recreational activities give your child a chance to burn off energy after a long day sitting at a desk while providing lessons in teamwork and camaraderie with others their age. At the same time, it is important to make sure your child has the appropriate safety gear and that any activities are supervised by trained adults in order to protect them against serious accidents and injuries. Head and brain injuries are common among school age children, with impacts that could jeopardize their future.
Head and Brain Injuries In Children
Children throw themselves into physical activities, without much concern about their chances of getting hurt. As a result, they tend to have higher overall rates for accidental injuries in general. While some may be minor, such as skinned knees or bruises, others are more serious, with the potential to be life threatening.
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) states that accidents involving head and brain injuries affect more than 560,000 children each year in the U.S. and are the leading cause of childhood death and disability. Brain injuries are caused by any type of bump, blow, or jolt to the head, disrupting the brain’s natural processes. For children, these injuries can occur as a result of the following:
- Being hit or tackled during sports activities
- Falls from playground equipment
- Physical violence and attacks by school bullies
- Riding bicycles or being the victim of a pedestrian accident
- Car or bus accidents on the way to and from school
In addition to the above, brain injuries in infants can occur during the birth process, as the result of extraction methods such as forceps delivery or due to a lack of oxygen.
Potential Impacts of Head Injuries on Children
The BIAA states that as children’s brains are still in the process of development, any injury or disruption in brain process could have permanent and long ranging impacts. Children with traumatic brain injuries may have difficulty reasoning or processing information. They may also exhibit poor judgment and a lack of social skills or controls, which can have far reaching impacts on their future success.
According to an August 2016 report in the LA Times, recent studies show that suffering a brain injury as a child could decrease the victim’s overall lifespan while resulting in an increased likelihood of psychiatric illnesses and difficulties in obtaining and performing successfully on the job. In some cases, these children may be more likely to drop out of school, struggle with alcohol or drug abuse issues, get in trouble with the law, and end up on welfare or disability.
Get Help From a Personal Injury Attorney
If your child has suffered a head or brain injury, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm right away. Our personal injury attorneys can advise you on your rights to compensation, helping to ensure any disabilities your child suffers are provided for, both now and in the future.